Distracted truckers are a major problem in New Orleans. According to Distraction.gov, there are nearly 660,000 motorists using electronic devices and cellphones at any given moment while they are operating their vehicles across the United States. This includes commercial vehicle operators.
In a move that could mean safer roads for Louisiana drivers, the Department of Transportation has announced the end of an onerous paperwork requirement for the U.S. trucking industry. Effective Dec. 18, professional truck drivers will no longer have to file pre- and post-trip vehicular inspection reports when no violations are noted during inspection. According to the DOT, approximately 95 percent of all commercial truck inspections result in no safety or maintenance concerns.
It’s happened to so many drivers at some point in their lives: you’re driving along the road when suddenly your car starts acting up. It starts sputtering and jerking. The wheel locks up and suddenly the car goes dead.